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Sexual Identity, Race, and Gender: The Evolution of Equality

Thanks, Upworthy, for pointing me in the direction of this infographic from Daily Infographic. It puts many things in context. (While, of course, leaving out others, but on the balance I like it.)

Gender v. Sexual Orientation: a short primer

Several weeks ago I had a guest author write about how to talk with your kids about sexual orientation. While I loved much of what Wesley said in her post, I was a little concerned about the way she treated gender and sexual orientation. Because this is a common point of misunderstanding, I want to […]

Everyone has something to come out about

Happy National Coming Out Day! This day has been set aside to increase awareness of people who are open about their LGBTQ identity. This year in particular, with the election right around the corner, the Human Rights Campaign and others are encouraging people to call their elected officials and “come out” as LGBTQ or an […]

Taking the world by the lapels

Here at Casa de Karen, I do not have a television.  There are a few shows that I keep up with on my laptop, but this has its limitations and flaws.  One of these limitations is that I am at least a week behind in watching Glee.  So I had not seen last week’s episode […]

Suicides and tears

Today was a very emotional day in my college class.  The topic was sexual orientation, which is generally a fun, thoughtful day where we pick apart the differences in ways of defining and understanding sexual attraction.  Today I raced us through that part of the class so I could devote a substantial portion to a […]

I might have saved someone’s life today. So can you.

But the thing is, you might not ever know it. Young people kill themselves because of harassment, torment, bullying, and immense internal pain.  You can be the person who stands between them and suicide, but you might never know it.  Ideally, none of us would ever know because the someone we’ve influenced has a happy […]

It sounds like a joke…

“So a gay, French, teenage school boy walks into a McDonald’s…”  But it’s actually a French advertisement by McDonald’s.  One they would never, ever air in the US. I wonder if the father is just unaware of his son’s sexual orientation, if he is in denial about it, or if he is blatantly homophobic?  I […]

LGBTQQIA and Advertising

For those of you who have been reading my blog for some time, you may remember that about this time last year I posted three projects from my college students that were positive representations of sexuality in the media (Avant Garde Bodies, condom/bubble gum print ads, and True Beauty).  I have four more student projects […]

LGB…T…QQIA…LMNOP…what?

I’ve been asked to break down these various initials recently by a number of friends and students, so I thought I’d write a bit on them.  LGB is a group of initials that most people are familiar with to one degree or another: Lesbian (women who are attracted to women) Gay (often referring to men […]

How the law impacts our sexuality

I talk with my college students about the law interacts with individual sexuality at some length every semester.  It’s always a fun, interesting class with some great activities.  But I’ve struggled in the past with how to introduce the class.  I begin every class with a song that pertains to the day’s topic in some […]